Working Group (dogs)

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Working Group is the name of a breed group of dogs, used by kennel clubs to classify a defined collection of dog breeds. Most major English-language kennel clubs include a Working Group, although different kennel clubs may not include the same breeds in their Working Group. Working Group does not define one particular type of dog. It is not a scientific classification. Working Group is not a term used by the international kennel club association, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, which more finely divides its breed groupings by dog type and breed history.

Working dogs[edit]

Main article: Working dog

There are as many types of work for dogs as there are types of dogs. Lapdogs may work as therapy dogs, herding dogs may work livestock, and guard dogs may work at defense of people or property. Most dogs today are kept as pets rather than for any particular work. Modern purebred breeds developed from large guardian, herding and Spitz type dogs are usually quick to learn, and these intelligent, capable animals make solid companions. Their considerable dimensions and strength alone, however, make many working dogs unsuitable as pets for average families. By virtue of their size alone, these dogs must be properly trained. German shepherd dogs lead the way as the most common working dogs. They are also the main dog chosen in the Military and Police force, due to their versatility and intelligence.

Working Group breeds[edit]

In general, kennel clubs assign larger breeds that are engaged in some sort of physically active work to their Working Group. In areas of the world where livestock production is economically important, pastoral dogs are placed in the Working Group. In the rest of the world, such dogs are placed in a Herding Group or Pastoral Group, and dogs that were traditionally bred for guarding, rescue, police or messenger work, as well as large Spitz type dogs, are placed in the Working Group. These breeds may also be placed in a kennel club's Utility Group.

Working Group breeds as defined by major kennel clubs[1]
The Kennel Club (UK) Working Group Canadian Kennel Club Working Dogs Group American Kennel Club Working Group Australian National Kennel Council Working Dogs Group New Zealand Kennel Club Working Group
Alaskan Malamute Akita Akita Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog
Beauceron Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute Australian Kelpie Australian Kelpie
Bernese Mountain Dog Bernese Mountain Dog Anatolian Shepherd Dog Australian Shepherd Australian Shepherd
Bouvier Des Flandres Boxer Boxer Bearded Collie Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Boxer Bullmastiff Bernese Mountain Dog Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael) Bearded Collie
Bullmastiff Canaan Dog Black Russian Terrier Belgian Shepherd (Laekinois) Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael, Tervuren, Laekenois, Malinois)
Canadian Eskimo Dog Canadian Eskimo Dog Boxer Belgian Shepherd (Malinois) Bergamasco Shepherd Dog
Dobermann Cane Corso Bullmastiff Belgian Shepherd (Tervueren) Border Collie
Dogue De Bordeaux Doberman Pinscher Cane Corso Bergamasco Shepherd Dog Bouvier Des Flandres
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Entlebucher Mountain Dog Chinook Border Collie Briard
German Pinscher Eurasier Doberman Pinscher Bouvier Des Flandres Collie (Rough)
Giant Schnauzer Great Dane Dogue de Bordeaux Briard Collie (Smooth)
Golden Retriever Great Dane German Pinscher Great Dane Collie (Rough)
Great Dane Greenland Dog Giant Schnauzer Collie (Smooth) Finnish Lapphund
Greenland Dog Karelian Bear Dog Great Dane Finnish Lapphund German Shepherd Dog
Hovawart Komondor Great Pyrenees German Shepherd Dog Komondor
Leonberger Kuvasz Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Hungarian Puli Kuvasz
Mastiff Leonberger Komondor Komondor Maremma Sheepdog
Neapolitan Mastiff Mastiff Kuvasz Kuvasz Norwegian Buhund
Newfoundland Newfoundland Leonberger Maremma Sheepdog Old English Sheepdog
Portuguese Water Dog Portuguese Water Dog Mastiff Norwegian Buhund Polish Lowland Sheepdog
Pyrenean Mastiff Rottweiler Neapolitan Mastiff Old English Sheepdog Puli
Rottweiler Samoyed Newfoundland Polish Lowland Sheepdog Pumi
Russian Black Terrier Schnauzer (Giant) Portuguese Water Dog Pumi Shetland Sheepdog
St. Bernard Schnauzer (Standard) Rottweiler Shetland Sheepdog Swedish Lapphund
Siberian Husky Siberian Husky St. Bernard Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Swedish Vallhund
Tibetan Mastiff St. Bernard Samoyed Swedish Lapphund Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Siberian Husky Swedish Vallhund Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
Standard Schnauzer Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)
Tibetan Mastiff Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
White Swiss Shepherd

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Fédération Cynologique Internationale working groups[edit]

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale does not include a group title "Working Group"; its groups "Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)", "Spitz and Primitive types", and "Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and Other Breeds" groups include many of the breeds lumped together in various kennel clubs' Working Groups.

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